Forget crowded tube stations, steamy buses and extortionate parking fees. The city of London is more bicycle friendly than ever which makes this summer a great time to get in the saddle and start exploring on two wheels.
Of course, a list of London’s top cycle routes simply wouldn’t be complete without a nod to eccentric London mayor, Boris Johnson. The politician, historian and former journalist is loved by Londoners and has received worldwide recognition for his support of the Santander Cycles scheme, a project that saw the city install a self-service bike-sharing designed to help locals and tourists alike bike their way around the city. Great job Boris! To celebrate his efforts, here are three of our favourite inner city routes.
At 10km this route is an easy ride for those wanting to soak up the canal side ambience that London is famous for. Start at the docking station on Liverpool Road, then pedal through Angel while gazing up at its many historic landmark buildings. Spot quirky characters as you cruise through Camden Lock, then wind things up with a leisurely loop around shady Regents Park. Refuel at one of Camden Market’s tasty food stalls before heading to one of the district’s trendy beer gardens.
Save this one for weekends as you’ll avoid mid-week traffic that the city is notorious for! Kick things off at the old London wall, then sail past the Gherkin, the historical Leadenhall Market, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Monument. If you’re feeling peckish stop for a bite to eat at one of the pretty Thames side restaurants. The route ends at the Museum of London where you can enjoy a coffee in the magnificent building’s in-house café.
For quintessential London charm this route is perfect. It’ll take you through the colourful stalls of Portobello Road Market, the leafy pathways of Holland Park and of course, past the beautiful Georgian town houses of West London. Don’t forget to pick up an artisan cupcake at one of the district’s upmarket bakeries.
While London is becoming an increasingly bike friendly city it’s still important for cyclists to protect themselves, and their rides with a bicycle insurance policy. This will give riders the total peace of mind that if they’re involved in an accident, fall victim to theft or find themselves involved in a public liability claim they’ll receive full financial support and legal assistance.